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Eurovision 2012: Good News on Visas


Baku – EBU and the Azerbaijan government today announced good news about visas. They also released more details about the accreditation process. Eurovision fans (those with tickets, or members of national fan clubs) and accredited journalists will be able to obtain an Azerbaijani visa upon arrival at Baku International Airport rather than applying in advance if they so wish. Visas will cost 60€.


Visas

Everyone travelling to Azerbaijan requires a visa. A simplified visa procedure applies however to individuals visiting Baku for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. The following information has been posted on the official Eurovision website.

Accredited individuals

As from Thursday 10 May, accredited delegates, accredited journalists and accredited fans can obtain their entry visa upon arrival at Baku International Airport. You will receive single-entry visa for your stay, valid until 1 June. You need to bring:

a filled out application form (available on the plane and at the airport)
your passport, which is valid for at least three months after your planned departure from Baku
2 (two) passport-size colored photos of 3 by 4 centimeter, against a white background
AZN 60 visa fee (approximately EUR 60), to be paid upon arrival
a print-out of your accreditation confirmation email

It is also possible to apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan in your country. Please visit the website of the Embassy or Consulate for more information.

Accredited delegates and organisers can already obtain a visa as from 15 April with an official invitation letter from the Host Broadcaster, Ictimai TV.

Ticket holders

As from Thursday 10 May, holders of a 2012 Eurovision Song Contest ticket can obtain their entry visa upon arrival at Baku International Airport. You will receive single-entry visa for your stay, valid until 1 June. You need to bring:

a filled out application form (available on the plane and at the airport)
your passport, which is valid for at least three months after your planned departure from Baku
2 (two) passport-size colored photos of 3 by 4 centimeter, against a white background
AZN 60 visa fee (approximately EUR 60), to be paid upon arrival
a print-out of your ticket booking confirmation

Other invited guests

Invited guests with an official invitation letter from Ictimai TV to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest can obtain their entry visa upon arrival at Baku International Airport as from Thursday 10 May, or obtain a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan in your country. You will receive single-entry visa for your stay, valid until 1 June. You need to bring:

a filled out application form (available on the plane and at the airport)
your passport, which is valid for at least three months after your planned departure from Baku
2 (two) passport-size colored photos of 3 by 4 centimeter, against a white background
AZN 60 visa fee (approximately EUR 60), to be paid upon arrival
the official invitation letter to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, issued by Ictimai TV

Journalists that wish to travel to Azerbaijan prior to 10 May should send their request to press@eurovision.tv at least four weeks prior to their planned journey.

Note that in accordance with Azerbaijani law, individuals who have travelled to the Nagorno-Karabach region without permission from the Azeri authorities cannot obtain visa to enter Azerbaijan.

Accreditation

Application for delegate, press and fan accreditation takes place online, through the Eurovision Family Accreditation System (EFAS). Accreditation opens on Wednesday 15 February at 12:00 CET and closes at 23:59 (CET) on 20 April.

Please note that accreditation after the deadline cannot be guaranteed and could only be provided in exceptional cases.

Tickets & official hotels

More information about ticket sales and official hotels is expected very shortly and will be posted on Eurovision.tv!

The official site also says that a detailed Q&A will be available in due time as well, answering a variety of questions about travelling to Azerbaijan for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: Eurovision.tv

32 comments on “Eurovision 2012: Good News on Visas

  1. I Love You Azerbaijan. Men seni sevirəm…

  2. and what about Armenians?

    • And what about your nose being everywhere?? Why are you interested about Armenians when you are not one!? I’m really tired of silly attacks and questions like this about Azerbaijan! :/

      • tell me where is the attack, it was a normal question, it just says something about nagorno karabakh, and usually armenians are not allowed to enter azerbaijan, that’s why i wanted to know how they deal with it, so where is your damn problem?

  3. Good news… I’m so happy. Thanx Azerbaijan. You Best :)

  4. I’m sure that ESC will be excellent this year.

  5. Micaela96, what your nationality?

  6. Sorry, but this is the most redundant and silly list of comments I have ever read on this site … Favourite countries? It can’t get more immature imo … :(

    Good luck to Azerbaijan!

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